URBANA, Ill. – Illinois county governments are responsible for the administration of public policies and funds that impact their communities’ infrastructure, disaster relief measures, environmental health, transportation access, social services, child welfare, workforce and economic development, and equitable access to broadband.

Changes to federal legislation require careful evaluation to ensure continued fiscal and administrative management of vital county-administered programs and resources. Local officials are invited to learn about important federal policy updates in an annual session hosted by University of Illinois Extension and the National Association of Counties.

Register for the noon Jan. 27 online discussion: go.illinois.edu/2021FederalUpdates.

Over 90% of Illinois counties are members of NACo, a bi-partisan organization based in Washington D.C. that focuses on county-level needs and works to ensure county priorities are represented in federal legislation packages. NACo’s longstanding partnership with Illinois Extension enables consistent programming to help local government officials remain informed on important policies and funding opportunities.

Presenter Erin Hurley, associate legislative director of finance, pensions, and intergovernmental affairs at NACo, will discuss implications of federal legislation for Illinois counties and local governments. Participants will have an opportunity to engage during a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

Hurley works with county officials across the nation to set NACo’s policies on matters pertaining to the financial resources of counties, fiscal management, federal assistance, municipal borrowing, county revenues, federal budget, federal tax reform, elections, and Native American issues. She also staffed and served as a legislative assistant for the Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee and additionally serves as staff liaison to NACo’s Immigration Reform Task Force, providing assistance on immigration-related issues. Hurley's other responsibilities include staffing the National Association of County Intergovernmental Relations Officials (NACIRO).

Registration is required for the free online session. Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact program organizer, Nancy Ouedraogo. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.

SOURCE: Nancy Ouedraogo, Community and Economic Development Specialist, University of Illinois Extension

WRITER: Liz Smith, Media Communications Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension